Archive for September, 2018

Patterns of Provision

Friday, September 28th, 2018

Bless the Lord, O my soul, and forget none of His benefits. Psalm 103:2

1. DON’T FRET. It’s easy to get agitated and freaked out about life, but God wants to lead us by quiet waters and restore our souls (Psalm 23:2). Anxiety in a heart weighs it down, but a good word makes it glad (Proverbs 12:25). Find the good word you need in the Bible. Its pages reveal God’s consistent provision through the ages. That faithful, stabilizing, abundant God is your God and you can trust Him to sustain you all through your life.

Do not fret because of evildoers, be not envious toward wrongdoers. For they will wither quickly like the grass and fade like the green herb. Psalm 37:1-2

2. DON’T BE ENVIOUS. As Christians, we aren’t driven, we’re called – and there is a big difference between the two. We aren’t driven by envy, jealousy, or fear of missing out. Instead we are called to proclaim God’s good news (Luke 4:17-19), called to bear fruit (John 15:16) and called out of darkness into God’s marvelous light (1 Peter 2:9). Meditate on Psalm 37 and let His overflowing abundance fill your heart with contentment. God has more than enough of everything you need.

Trust in the Lord and do good; dwell in the land and cultivate faithfulness. Delight yourself in the Lord; and He will give you the desires of your heart. Psalm 37:3-4

3. TRUST IN THE LORD. God provides, and He is absolutely consistent and faithful. Look at all the provision that comes out of the earth – He created dirt so that we can put seeds in the ground and food will grow. It’s a good reminder that God supplies. Sometimes fear can make us dread what lies ahead. But when we are trusting God, we can look forward to the future with peace and full confidence that God is our provider.

4. DELIGHT IN THE LORD. The best part of life is knowing God, loving Him, and having the assurance that He really loves you. It flips our priorities and focus away from our circumstances and toward God. Don’t be enamored with people or fearful of them. I’ve met true greatness and His name is Jesus. Yield to God and desire His will to be done in your life. It’s the best way to live.

God bless you!
Pastor Jeff Perry
St. Louis Family Church®

DAILY CONFESSION:
I cast all my cares, anxieties, worries, and concerns once and for all on Jesus, for He cares about me with deepest affection and watches over me very carefully (1 Peter 5:7 AMP). I am God’s own possession called to proclaim the excellencies of Him who has called me out of darkness into His marvelous light (1 Peter 2:9).

de·light, verb
To take or give great pleasure or joy.

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How to Be Occupied With God’s Provision

Friday, September 21st, 2018

And God is able to make all grace abound to you, so that always having all sufficiency in everything, you may have an abundance for every good deed. 2 Corinthians 9:8

1. UNDERSTAND GOD’S WILL & HIS NATURE. God is a giver. Parents know how to bless their kids. How much more will your Heavenly Father give what is good to those who ask (Matthew 7:11). God loves you, and that fact translates into spiritual and practical blessings. His will is to save you, heal you, bless you, fill you with the Holy Spirit, answer your prayers, deliver you, and protect you.

2. UNDERSTAND GOD’S METHODS & RESOURCES. God’s ways are higher than ours, but He has given us His Word and invited us to ponder His thoughts (Isaiah 55:8-9; 1 Corinthians 2:16). His abundance is clearly evident from Genesis to Revelation. There is more of Jesus than could ever be depleted. He is enough for everybody, for all generations who have been or will be born. He can do far more abundantly beyond all we ask or think (Ephesians 3:20).

3. UNDERSTAND YOUR DAILY NEED TO BE OCCUPIED WITH JESUS. “Give us this day our daily bread” (Matthew 6:11). The sustenance and the assurance that build our faith come from the bread of God’s Word. Take time every day to shift your attention onto Jesus. It honors God when we fixate on how good and big He is. Turn off the TV or radio, lose your phone for a while, and open your heart to God.

God bless you!
Pastor Jeff Perry
St. Louis Family Church®

DAILY PRAISE:
In the morning I will get up and seek God (Psalm 5:3). For the Lord God is a sun and shield; the Lord gives grace and glory; No good thing does He withhold from those who walk uprightly (Psalm 84:11). God has blessed me with every spiritual blessing in the heavenly places in Christ (Ephesians 1:3). I can do all things through Him who strengthens me (Philippians 4:13).

abun·dance, noun
An extremely plentiful or oversufficient quantity or supply. Overflowing fullness.

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Patterns of Breakthrough

Saturday, September 15th, 2018

When he [Jehoshaphat] had consulted with the people, he appointed those who sang to the Lord and those who praised Him in holy attire, as they went out before the army and said, “Give thanks to the Lord, for His lovingkindness is everlasting.” When they began singing and praising, the Lord set ambushes against the sons of Ammon, Moab and Mount Seir, who had come against Judah; so they were routed. 2 Chronicles 20:21-22

1. START WITH PRAISE. Praise brings breakthrough. When armies came to attack Judah, King Jehoshaphat immediately directed his people to seek God and he began praising God.

2. WAIT. When we wait for God, we gain strength. (Isaiah 40:31). It’s important to settle down, calm any impulsiveness, and let God act on behalf of those who wait on Him (Isaiah 64:4).

3. CONFESS. This is your bold declaration of what you believe: who God is, what His capabilities are, and what He has provided for you (Romans 10:9-10; Mark 11:23).

4. PRAY GOD’S WORD. Find scriptures to attach your faith to and then pray them out loud.

5. WATCH. Resist distraction and dullness and instead be alert in your spirit and “watchful in your prayers” (1 Peter 4:7 NKJV).

6. INTERCEDE. Praying on behalf of someone else is part of our calling as Christians. We are to intercede for all people, including those in authority (1 Timothy 2:1).

7. PETITION. When we minister to the Lord and worship Him, it helps us get our priorities straight and then, as we ask in faith, we receive direction and wisdom from God (Acts 13:2).

8. THANK GOD. Thank God all day long – for what He has done, for what He is doing, and for what He is going to do.

9. SING. God surrounds us with songs of deliverance (Psalm 32:7). Before going into battle, King Jehoshaphat sent out people who sang to God. So sing to God often – sing in the Spirit and sing out God’s Word.

10. MEDITATE. Take time to ponder and focus on the Lord (Psalm 19:14).

11. LISTEN. Like King Jehoshaphat prayed: We don’t know what to do, “but our eyes are on You.” Tune in to God and listen for His voice (2 Chronicles 20:12).

12. END WITH PRAISE. From beginning to end, God deserves our worship. Jehoshaphat began with praise before they had won the battle and ended with praise after God delivered them.

Press on!
Pastor Jeff Perry
St. Louis Family Church®

pattern, noun
A model considered worthy of imitation.

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The Benefits of Praising God

Friday, September 7th, 2018

Worthy are You, our Lord and our God, to receive glory and honor and power; for You created all things, and because of Your will they existed, and were created. Revelation 4:11

1. IT CONNECTS US TO GOD. We are actually designed to praise God, and He alone is worthy of it. God has requested that we come before Him in praise and worship, and He is searching for the ones who will connect with Him and worship Him (John 4:23-24).

I call upon the Lord, who is worthy to be praised, and I am saved from my enemies. 2 Samuel 22:4

2. IT CURES INTROSPECTION. Excessive introspection can lead to the extremes of self-loathing on one side or megalomania on the other. Praise pulls us out of over-focusing on our deal and helps us fix our eyes on the Creator. This isn’t denial or just ignoring our problems. It’s connecting with the answer, with a God who expressed His love by sending His Son to die for our sins.

Sing for joy in the Lord, O you righteous ones; praise is becoming to the upright. Psalm 33:1

3. IT BEAUTIFIES. Praise will lift your spirit, your thought life, and your face. It’s better than any kind of lotion or procedure because it’s not of human manufacture. God wants us to have a spirit that is tuned to Him 24/7. Take five minutes right now to pause from whatever you are thinking about or doing and lift your voice to thank and praise God for what He has done in your life. Remember out loud your past breakthroughs. Sing out scriptures about God. And tell Him how much you love Him.

God bless you!
Pastor Jeff Perry
St. Family Church®

DAILY PRAISE:
God, You are worthy of my praise. There is no one like You. Thank You for rescuing me from: (name three specific things He has done for you). Thank You for surrounding me with songs of deliverance. Holy, holy, holy are You, Lord God, the Almighty, who was and who is and who is to come (Revelation 4:8). Jesus, You are so wonderful! I love You.

praise, noun
An expression of strong approval or admiration. Words or music worshiping God.

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